Osceola Landing to William O’Brien State Park

Osceola Landing to William O’Brien State Park


Gary: One of my favorite parts of the river;
the Osceola Landing is a busy landing, but primarily for people coming from
Taylors Falls to Osceola. A lot of them get out there and
then you can just put in there and be off and it’s a lot
quieter on that stretch. The scenery on the Wisconsin side
is fantastic, there are big, high sandstone bluffs there that are gorgeous and if you catch them at
sunrise or sunset it would be a beautiful area. Continuing down there are a lot of
campsites on both sides of the river and the swing bridge is a beautiful spot,
and it’s often photographed and it’s an old bridge that is still used by
the train that serves between Osceola and Marine on St. Croix. There is an alternative take-out
spot called Log House Landing, it’s not one for motorized craft, it’s
canoes and kayaks. Continuing down you get closer to William O’Brien State
Park and there is a sign telling you to take a right to go into the channel that goes to
the park, you can’t miss it. If for some reason you don’t want
to go to William O’Brien, of course you can go the other way, but you’d miss some
beautiful scenery along William O’Brien too, because there is this maybe ten foot high sandstone
cliff that runs all the way along the park with beautiful white pines popping
out all over and it’s a popular area for people to walk too, so you’ll probably see some folks along there.

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